Your new carpet somehow got wet, what do you do now? You must act quickly to dry out wet carpet because humid air and carpet fibers saturated with water offer a perfect breeding ground for mold. A small mishap where a glass of water may have been spilled requires a simple absorbent paper towel. Wet carpet in a large area or an entire room requires you to have a more comprehensive strategy.
It’s critical that you remove as much water as possible in the shortest amount of time– within 24 hours. Depending on the conditions, mold spores can start growing within 48 hours.
The basic steps for drying out wet carpet:
- Start by gathering the following tools and equipment you’ll need to do the job, some of which you can rent from a tool rental store or home center:
- wet-dry vacuum
- baking soda
- paper towels
- Provide ventilation by opening the windows throughout the floor and in the room with the wet carpeting. This will create a good cross breeze. If the outside temperature is humid, keep the windows closed. Turn on the room air conditioner or central air unit and a dehumidifier to reduce humidity.
- Use the large towels to soak up excess water on the carpet. Lay open towels around the wet area of the carpet. Press down on the towels with your hands and feet to absorb moisture from the carpet. When the towels become saturated, replace them with dry towels. Place the wet towels in the bucket.
- Use the wet-dry vacuum–set in the “dry” mode–to extract water from the carpet. Working in slow straight strokes, make multiple passes over the carpet to withdraw as much water as possible. Press down hard to remove as much moisture from the pad. If the area has a tremendously large amount of moisture, the carpet with need to be lifted and an air mover placed underneath in order to dry the pad. Then have the carpet re-stretched once it is completely dry.
- Position multiple fans in the doorway or in a dry area and direct them towards the wet carpet. Plug in and turn on a dehumidifier to pull excess moisture from the environment.
- Sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda over the area and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. The baking soda will act as an absorbent for remaining moisture and odors. After waiting the allotted time, vacuum the work area to remove the baking soda.
- Run the fan and dehumidifier over night to continue the drying process. The next day, press a paper towel against carpet to determine if any dampness remains. Once the area is completely dry, move the furniture back into the room.
When to contact a Professional Carpet Cleaner
If the water resulted from a backed-up sewer back or the carpet has been wet longer than 24 hours, you may want to consult a professional.
If you find your flooring in the above situation, hopefully, these steps help solve the problem quickly. Whether you have a wet carpet problem, another flooring issue or questions about flooring products—hardwood, vinyl, tile or carpet, contact Just Around the Corner and speak to a flooring expert.